Back in 2011, leading Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jahangir had called the Pakistan Army Generals ‘political duffers’, who promote terrorism. In light of the growing tensions between India and Pakistan post the Uri terror attack, an old video of Asma Jahangir has now gone viral. In the video, Asma Jahangir is openly blaming Pakistan Army’s Generals, calling them incapable of fighting any war! “This Army has made us their slaves,” she alleges.
In the video that is evoking a lot of reactions on social media, Jahangir is seen as saying, “I don’t need a certificate of my patriotism from those in the establishment. When the Bangladesh war happened, people in Pakistan who did not support it, were called unpatriotic. My father was in the jail at that time and a lot of those who knew my family used to call us children of a traitor.” Calling faujis duffers, she says, “They are political duffers. If you follow what they say, then the country will go nowhere. I don’t care what America and Africa think, I am only concerned that the people of this country should be saved from its Army.”
Accusing the Pakistan Army of spreading terrorism and using kids as “human shields”, Jahangir says, The Army has led us to a stage, where they have spread terrorism to every nook and cranny of Pakistan. They support and encourage terrorism and they detract the debate. They have an entire propaganda machinery. I am not blaming the common soldier, but I am talking of the Generals who play golf and they capture land. This Army has made us their slaves.” “It is time to tell them to go back into their barracks and let our kids live peacefully. We don’t want any blood shed here. If they are so keen on getting a crown, then go fight a battle and win it. This Army is used to using kids as human shields. They are incapable of either fighting a war or running the country,” she slams.
Watch file video: Asma Jahangir takes on Pakistan Army on PTV
Recently, Jahangir spoke up for Dawn journalist Cyril Ahmedia. “Is it national interest to avoid annoying our hyper sensitive rulers? Or by showing some respect to independent journalists like Cyril?” she tweeted. The Pakistan government had imposed travel-ban on the journalist, following a report on a rift between civil and military leaderships over covert support to militants.